Bridal showers are designed for friends and family to bestow gifts upon the bride, but many brides show their appreciation by offering bridal shower favours to the guests. Traditionally some form of chocolate or cookies, many brides are branching out to more creative and long-lasting favours, such as seed packets.
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Seed packets as shower favours can help show not only appreciation for the guests, but your commitment to being eco-friendly and healthy. Instead of unhealthy sweets or nonbiodegradable plastic picture frames, offer easy-to-grow food seeds, such as zucchini or tomatoes, or simple flowers, such as sunflowers or marigolds. Wrap the seeds in recycled paper packets. Guests can plant the seeds later and remember your special day.
Seed packets as bridal shower favours lend themselves to some creative and interesting themes. Because a wedding is a time to celebrate your love, reflect that in your shower's theme. Use the season as a springboard, such as in "Falling for Love" or "Springing into Each Other's Arms." Focus on the seeds and plants instead with themes such as "Planting the Seeds of Love" or "We've Found our Sweet Peas."
As seed packets gain popularity as shower favours, more companies are offering the packets custom printed with your names and wedding information or a thank you to the guests. My Bridesmaid Gifts offers wild flower packets, while Plant A Memory focuses on eco-friendly packaging. Forever and Always has several flower choices, including sweet peas, sunflowers and violets.
Make Your Own
If you prefer to make your own seed packets, purchase seeds in bulk and separate a small amount into small packets you print yourself. Include the type of seed and instructions for planting. Use about half a sheet of paper for each packet. Cut the paper in half vertically -- each sheet will make two packets. Fold each thin piece in half horizontally. Cut about 1/2 inch off the sides and top of one half. Fold the edges of the larger piece around the smaller piece and tape or glue the sides. Fill the packet with seeds, then fold over the top of the larger piece and tape or glue it closed.
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